Jamal Adams, the standout safety for the Seahawks, admitted that he thought about quitting after sustaining a serious leg injury in the 2022 season opener. Adams is scheduled to make his 2023 debut against the Giants on Monday night.
Adams was open with reporters on Friday about the emotional strain and physical struggle he had on his way back to football. He told the reporters ,
“It was tough,”
“I thought about retiring. I thought about a lot of things. Is this going to be it for me? I didn’t know. But I knew eventually, after I got that MRI, I told myself I’m going to be back. I didn’t know when or how, but I was going to figure it out. I knew if I kept my faith and those around me who really love and support me, then I could make it out.”
The 27-year-old strong safety has two torn labrums and a damaged quad tendon over the past three seasons, and they undoubtedly took a toll on the three-time Pro Bowl player.
Injuries left Jamal Adams in a “Dark Place”
The hard-hitting Adams has only appeared in 25 regular-season games for the Seahawks since joining from the Jets, and he claims the injuries at times left him in a “dark place.” Adams said ,
“I was having all types of thoughts running through my mind, but at the time when I did tear my knee, that was definitely something I was considering,” “I was considering everything at the moment. I was in a dark place. Not on anything suicidal, but definitely in a lot of dark times as far as getting away from the game of football, getting away from people. At the time, I wasn’t really talking to many people, and wasn’t answering my phone. So you go through real life situations in this game of football.”
Adams provided a simple description of the struggle athletes face when trying to recover from injuries.
“Football teaches you life … and adversity hit me real quick and I have learned to attack it and embrace it and rise up to the next occasion.”